THREE LAKES - While fear and chaos shut down Boston- the Northwoods had it's own scare today. A bomb threat shut down Three Lakes Schools.
This is an especially scary time for a bomb threat. But everyone in Three Lakes IS safe after a tense morning.
Students and teachers in Three Lakes Schools evacuated the building after a bomb threat came in.
Just before 10 o'clock the school called police to report what they felt was a credible threat to teachers and students.
"We have a protocol in place and we follow it to the letter." How quickly did it take them to evacuate the school? "From start to finish? About a minute, minute and a half," says Three Lakes Principal Bill Greb.
Students were taken away from the school. The Three Lakes Police and Fire Departments, and the Oneida County Sheriff's Department surrounded the building.
"What we always want to do is we want to do a thorough search to make sure when we put children back into the building the area is safe and clear. We search the entire building," says Police Chief Scott Lea.
Officers searched the building for two hours. They cleared it and let students and staff back in.
Principal Greb says they're taking the threat very seriously. If they find out it was a student, that person will be expelled.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Three Lakes Police Department.
Police wouldn't say exactly how the threat came in because they're still investigating.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
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